Ray Thompson (rugby league)
|Full name||Raymond Thompson|
20 January 1990 |
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
|Height||173 cm (5 ft 8 in)|
|Weight||85 kg (13 st 5 lb)|
|Position||Halfback, Five-eighth, Hooker|
|2011–15||Papua New Guinea||4||1||0||0||4|
|2015||Indigenous All Stars||1||0||0||0||0|
Ray Thompson (born 20 January 1990), is an Australian rugby league footballer who currently plays for the North Queensland Cowboys of the National Rugby League. Thompson is a Papua New Guinea international and Indigenous All Stars representative. Thompson primarily plays at five-eighth, halfback and hooker.
Born in Cairns, Queensland, Thompson is Indigenous Australian and Papua New Guinean descent. Thompson played his junior football for Centrals ASA Tigers and attended Kirwan State High School before being signed by the North Queensland Cowboys. In 2007 as an 17-year-old. Thompson played a match for the Cowboys now folded feeder club the North Queensland Young Guns as experience for 2008 when the under 20's competition started. Thompson played 21 matches in the NYC in 2008 where he was one of the club's leading scorers playing at halfback in that season. In the opening round of the 2009 season in the NYC, Thompson injured his shoulder and required a shoulder reconstruction which kept him out of action until Round 19 of the season, Thompson played another 7 games after coming back from surgery.
In Round 26 of the 2009 NRL season, Thompson made his NRL debut for the North Queensland Cowboys against the Sydney Roosters off interchange bench in the Cwoboys 32-16 win at SFS. Thompson played in match for the North Queensland Cowboys in the 2009 NRL season.
Thompson played in the opening 3 games of the NYC in 2010 until being called into the Cowboys NRL squad as an replacement for the out of form Grant Rovelli. Thompson had been one of the Cowboys best players in Rounds 4-7 before being cruelly hit by another shoulder injury this time kept him out for the rest of the 2010 NRL season. Thompson played in 4 matches for the Cowboys.
In the 2011 pre-season, Thompson was in a battle between Ben Jones, Michael Morgan for the Round 1 spot at five-eighth after the Cowboys had gone under a rebuilding phase after the club had failed to make the top 8 three times in three years. The club had bought over 18 new players in 2011. Thompson ended up winning the five-eighth spot after having a great preseason and trail games. In Round 21 against the Penrith Panthers, Thompson scored his first NRL try in the Cowboys 30-18 win at 1300SMILES Stadium. Thompson went on to play in all of the Cowboys 25 matches and scored a try in the 2011 NRL season. Thompson was named the Cowboys most improved player at their presentation ball at the end of the season. Thompson played in the Papua New Guinea side to take on Australia PM's 13 played in Lae, Papua New Guinea on 25 September 2011, where he was named PNG'S player of the match after he set up two tries and scored one himself in the 36-22 loss.
The 2012 pre-season saw Thompson in yet another battle for a Cowboys jersey, this time the 7. The club had signed a half from the Wests Tigers Robert Lui to the club. Thompson had the upper hand in the battle after Lui was ruled out until Round 2 of the NRL season with a knee injury. Ray Thompson started the 2012 NRL season at Halfback, with signing Robert Lui playing Queensland Cup. Team mate Lui was later suspended for the whole of the 2012 NRL season by the NRL for off-field incidents, meaning Thompson would play at the season for the Cowboys in the number 7 jersey. On 18 May 2012, Thompson extended his contract his contract with the Cowboys for a further 3 years, to the end of the 2015 season. In Round 23 against the New Zealand Warriors, Thompson was ruled out for the rest of the 2012 NRL season after the Cowboys 52-12 win at 1300SMILES Stadium. Thompson requiring his third shoulder reconstruction in his career. Thompson finished the 2012 NRL season with him playing 18 matches and scoring 5 tries for the Cowboys.
Throughout the early half of the 2013 NRL season, Thompson played in a rotating hooker position with fellow Cowboys teammate Rory Kostjasyn. In Round 22 against the Penrith Panthers, Thompson scored a hatrick in the Cowboys 36-4 win at Penrith Stadium, Thompson was the first NRL player to record 50 tackles and 3 score tries in a match, scoring the tries within 11 minutes. In Round 24 against the Newcastle Knights, Thompson’s year ended after suffering a broken jaw in a shoulder charge tackle from Knights prop Kade Snowden in the Cowboys 22-10 win at 1300SMILES Stadium. Thompson finished the 2013 NRL season with him playing in 19 matches and scoring 3 tries for the Cowboys. Thompson was selected in the Papua New Guinea squad for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, playing in all 3 matches in the tournament.
In February 2014, Thompson was selected in the Cowboys winning inaugural 2014 Auckland Nines squad. Thompson finished the 2014 NRL season with him playing in 22 matches and scoring a try for the Cowboys.
On 27 January 2015, Thompson was named in the Cowboys 2015 NRL Auckland Nines squad. On 13 February 2015, Peachey was selected at hooker for the Indigenous All Stars in the 2015 All Stars match at Cbus Super Stadium. The Indigenous side won 20-6 over the NRL All Stars. Thompson started the 2015 NRL season with him playing for the Townsville Blackhawks in the Queensland Cup before earning a recall to the first grade team in Round 8 against the Newcastle Knights in the Cowboys 26-24 win at Hunter Stadium on Anzac Day.
Achievements and accolades
- Statistics are correct to the end of the 2015 season 
|2013||Papua New Guinea||3||0||0||—||0||0|
|2015||Papua New Guinea||1||0||0||—||0||0|
Thompson and his partner Sabrina Galliozzi have one child together, a daughter named Ivy Rae.
- Ray Thompson rugbyleagueproject.org
- Ray Thompson's player profile at Rugby League Project